The Diplomat Hotel
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- Minbar in room
- Airport Transportation
- Drycleaning onsite
- Continental Breakfast
- Non-smoking hotel
TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Diplomat Hotel Prague
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Diplomat Hotel Prague
Pleased with our choice.
We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of January 2005 and were more than happy with our choice. Getting from the airport couldn't be easier, you just catch the 119 bus from outside the airport terminal and it terminates right outside the hotel. Buy a cheap travelcard from the airport which covers you for all transport including buses, trams, the metro and even the funicular up Petrin Hill.
Rooms in the hotel are not big but are nice and clean and the staff are really friendly and helpful. Breakfast is great and there is lots of choice with something to please everyone. While the hotel is in a nice area away from the centre of town it is also ideally situated literally yards away from a metro station so you can be anywhere that you could want to be within minutes.
The only minus point has to be the price of the food and drink in the hotel itself. We made the mistake of arriving back after a night out and ordering some drinks in the bar. I realise that hotel bar prices can be a bit steep but one round of drinks for 3 people cost us more than 2 bottles of wine in a restaurant earlier that evening. Apart from this we would recommend staying here to anyone who visits Prague.
Nice but not near the city center
The rooms were nice but not near the city center. We changed hotels after the first night.
Stayed for 2 nights at this hotel, staff more than helpful. When leaving airport take bus number 119 and this will drop you wright outside the Diplomat hotel, and on return the bus for the airport is just across the street, very reasonable about Pound return. The hotel is also close to the underground station, and only 3 stops to Prague old town which takes 5 minutes. There is a lovely little local bar across the street which does good food very reasonable and inexpensive worth a visit for supper, and night cap, which will not break the bank
I stayed at this hotel for three nights and was impressed. Rooms were spacious, nicely furnished and very clean. Buffet breakfast had a huge selection of great food.
The hotel is located right next to the metro station, making it very convenient. As well, bus 119 from the airport drops you off right in front of the hotel. I booked this hotel for under $100 per night and I thought it was a fair price.
Drawbacks, the fitness center/sauna seen in the description costs 400 Kc/per day ($18) to use, which I found a little bit ridiculous. Also, hotel staff seems very indifferent, but I guess that is not unusual for a former communist country.
Stayed here in December 2004 on first visit to Prague first class
hotel. Location may not suit some but ideal for those who do not
mind a 2 minute trip to by metro to get into the hub of things.
Breakfast better than most European establishments. I work in the
industry so have lots to compare to. That good I have booked to return
this year in March for my second visit.
GENERALLY GOOD, BUT....
This is generally a nice hotel. Our room at the fifth floor was of adequate size and nicely furnished. It was clean and well equipped, although sometimes they did not replenish the mini bar and the coffee/tea facilities and we had to ask for whatever was missing.
Some pieces of furniture at the lobby (the coffee tables for example) are very weary and need to be replaced. The first three mornings we had our breakfast at the bar/library of the ground floor and it was very nice, while the groups were breakfasting in Loretta Restaurant of the second floor. The fourth morning, they moved us also in Loretta and it was a mess; crowded and noisy, although the buffet was satisfactory on both cases.
There were two concierge ladies. The shorter one (unfortunately I cannot remember her name) was fantastic! One of the best professionals I've ever met (I have traveled a lot and know of what I am talking about), a real asset to this hotel, whose staff in general is not that great. Most of them are gloomy and some of them are even rude! (especially the red-haired hairdresser).
Also, we were asked to pay CZK50 per piece of luggage, because we left our baggage to the hotel's storage room for four hours! They said that until 12 noon this service is free, but after that one has to pay. In any other hotel we have stayed in, all over the world, this service is free of charge for at least 24 hours. It was not the amount that bothered us, but their attitude towards their guests, but in Prague one cannot even enters a church without paying entrance fees!
Hotel was great 10-15 mins walk to the castle, another 10 from there to the Charles Bridge. Also 15 mins bus ride from airport on the 119 bus.
The subway, Dejvicka, is right outside and takes you wherever you want to go and is like 10p a ride, very very cheap, and frequent clean & safe.
The rooms were clean & tidy we paid £45 a room per night,
Breakfast was nice.
Didnt try the hotel facilities though, but staff were friendly, and helpful.
You'll enjoy Prague from this hotel.
Good but expensive
If you don't want to be in town, the Hotel Diplomat is a good choice. It is comfortable and the service is very good. I was impressed that my deluxe room had an electrical outlet for 110-volt appliances, so that I could plug in my American laptop and recharge my palm pilot and iPod without converters or transformers. My room also had an internt connection and the hotel provided me with a logon and password for a local ISP so that I could work easily from my room.
It's expensive, though, especially given Prague prices. My room wasn't anywhere near $100 a night (as a previous reviewer stated) -- more like $240.
I was very pleased with the Diplomat Hotel. If you are looking for a hotel that is not in the center of the city and want an area that is a little quieter, I recommend this hotel. The rooms were a good size and clean, and the breakfast buffet had a pretty wide variety. You're steps away from the metro, so it's easy to get around the city. The only problem I had was how smoky it becomes in the lobby from the cigarettes. But you're in Europe, so it's expected.
Excellent Experience! Only good things to say...
We found this hotel online and got a room for under $100 a night in September. It was one of the best hotels I've stayed at anywhere, and I'd highly recommend it. My boyfriend was really worried about going to Prague because he considered the Czech Republic to be more of a second world country. He was very relieved when we arrived at the hotel.
Visitors arriving at the airport have to take a cab (highly risky) or bus into the city. This hotel is perfectly located right in front of the airport bus stop so you don't have to bother dragging your luggage onto the subway. It isn't in the city center, but it only takes a couple stops and maybe five minutes to get into the city by subway.
Luckily, it's even close enough to buy the cheapest subway tickets.
Breakfast was awesome! Forget about the dry croissants and butter served at some European hotels. This place has a full buffet including eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, cheeses, fruits, cereals, yogurt, breads, pastries, juices, coffee, and more. This was a huge relief because we filled up at breakfast and could go out to enjoy the sites rather than worry about finding food. Our room was clean with modern furnishings and even an outlet that fit my American plugs. Forget about the cheap hotel bedspreads. We had a large, fluffy duvet and feather pillows.
Search the web for the best prices on this place and go. Our stay was very convenient and worry free. The only thing missing was a pool, but you're in Prague so do you really need one?
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